Cajun Music & Culture

martinac.JPG (33620 bytes) This is one of my Cajun Accordions,   hand-made by Clarence "Junior" Martin of Lafayette, Louisiana.

Just a few years ago, during the course of a family history research project, I developed an interest in the French music of North America.

Musical metaphors seemed to have evolved intact from seventeenth century France to eighteenth century Canada, and were essential to my appreciation of the cultures and lifestyles of my ancestors. Then I discovered that these same metaphors had also found their way into the music of southern Louisiana. When I discovered Cajun music, I felt that I had found a way to relive history.


Current Projects

History of the Cajun Accordion
Only ten buttons...but, Oh What A Sound!
The Meloche Accordion
Lovingly crafted by Marc Savoy, it brings to life the Cajun spirit of his grandfather.
Accordion Builders I Would Recommend
There are quite a few builders in Cajun Country, but I have first-hand experience with only two of the best.
The Marc Savoy Page
Marc and his wife Ann Allen Savoy have teamed up to keep the tradition of authentic Cajun music alive.
The D.L. Menard Page
Based in tiny Erath, Louisiana, this "Cajun Hank Williams" has circled the globe bringing his distinctive brand of Cajun music to millions.
Clarence "Junior" Martin Page
Junior builds a fine accordion. I know...because I own one.
Floyd Sonnier Gallery
"Artist of the Cajuns" and proprietor of the Beau Cajun Gallery in Scott, Louisiana.
Looking For Others Who Share My Fascination With This Instrument
Send An Email Message.
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Mark Sponer, of  Morrilton, Arkansas visited me this summer and had a chance to play my Monarch.

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Hot List

Savoy Cajun Band
All about Marc and Ann Savoy "at-a-glance".
The Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum
In the heart of Cajun music country at Eunice, Louisiana. This is a fascinating place to visit if you enjoy Cajun music.
Cajun French Music Association
Support the future of Cajun music by joining this organization. The newsletter is great.
A Cajun Band in the Netherlands
Bert Hek, accordionist for "DES FAIS DO-DO", was nice enough to comment on our site. Check him out at this link.
Cajun/Zydeco Music & Dance
This might be the most comprehensive collection of links to Cajun sites. It's the place to start if you don't know where to go for Cajun music and culture.
Cajun Life
Online Information and Travel Guide to Cajun Country in French Speaking Louisiana.
The Classical Free-Reed
This is a nonprofit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the advancement of free-reed instruments (including the accordion) in the field of classical music.
Cajun Links

Everything you'll ever want to know about Cajun Country...Newsgroups, Language, Cooking, Tourist Information, Genealogy, Weather and Politics.

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